Open Afternoon Thursday 5th April (2.00-3.30pm)
Film: The Nature of Self: Continuing the teachings of Theravada monk, Ajahn Sumedho, we will be showing a second talk given by him in 2017 at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. Ajahn Sumedho speaks of reflecting on the nature of self, of realising that consciousness is always present and yet cannot be identified as a thing that has come into existence. He makes the point that the eightfold path is not a path of steps and stages where one eventually reaches the goal, but as something in the here and now as one realisation, as eightfold, something complete in itself. This is a great talk by a great teacher, and is not to be missed. The film runs for approximately one hour and will be followed by discussion and tea. All welcome.
Beyond Mindfulness with Mahesi Caplan Saturday 7th April, 5th May, and 2nd June, 2.00-4.00pm
A series of three consecutive classes covering a mixture of teaching, discussion, short periods of practice and tea breaks that will give us the chance to meet each other. The first class will be a discussion of some of the more general questions people have; the second will be reviewing some of the core teachings of the tradition; and the third will cover those maps that can help us navigate through the territory of the awakening process.
Hall Clean-up: Saturday 14th April (2.00-4.00pm)
If you would like to lend a hand (with even just a little job) it would be very much appreciated. Just pop in whenever convenient to you during the clean-up time and you will receive a warm welcome.
Silent Meditation Day: Sunday 29th April (10.30am-4.30pm)
A day of sitting and walking meditation. Please arrive before the doors close a 10.30am. Participants are asked to commit to the full day (alternate 35 minute sittings with 10-minutes slow walking). Individual instruction for beginners can be given on request. Please bring vegetarian lunch to share. Light refreshments will be provided.
How Can We Know If Something is True?
A Dhamma talk by Bhante Bodhidhamma: Sunday 13th May (3.00-5.00pm)
Bhante will today lead a short meditation followed by a dhamma talk, a question and answer session, and tea.
[In 1986 Bhante Bodhidhamma was ordained into the Theravada tradition at the Birmingham Buddhist Vihara. He travelled extensively around the world and taught in many places in Britain. In 2007 he set up the Satipanya Buddhist Centre in Wales, where he now resides, and which runs retreats devoted to vipassana insight meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma.]
Three afternoon Dhamma talks/Sitting meditation Sessions with Ajahn Subhaddo
to be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 25th, 26th and 27th May at 2.30-4.00pm each day
A Theravada monk of many years in the Ajahn Sumedho lineage, Ajahn Subhaddo who also has a strong background in Zen training, is a unique and established dhamma practitioner. Everybody is welcome to attend all sessions or individual sessions. Each session will include a period of sitting meditation, a dhamma talk and a question and answer period, followed by tea. Please bring questions about your own practice or about Buddhism in general.
Feel free to use the Golden Buddha Centre library during the following opening times. If you would like to borrow books, please enquire about membership. Otherwise, the library can be used freely for reference purposes, or for reading and studying books in the comfortable surroundings of the centre. This is a unique and well-stocked library in its early stages of development.
Library Times: Thursdays 12noon-2.00pm; Fridays 12.30pm-2.30pm; Saturdays 11.00am-1.00pm